About CAT 2020

Common Admission Test which is the full form of CAT which is a national level management entrance exam, conducted by Indian Institute of Management i.e. the IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT exam opens the gateway for candidates to take admission not only in 20 IIMs but more than 1000 B-Schools across India. Candidates who are planning to appear in CAT exam must check the eligibility criteria. The application form of CAT exam 2020 will be available tentatively in the first week of August. Whereas the notification related to CAT 2020 exam will be released by the authorities tentatively in the last week of July. CAT 2020 exam will be a three-hour computer-based test. Candidates will be required to answer 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided into three major sections i.e. Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC). To make candidates aware of the CAT exam pattern, authorities will also release the mock test tentatively in the third week of October. As per the important dates, CAT 2020 exam date is likely to be in the last week of November. The result of CAT 2020 will be declared in the first week of January 2021 post which the IIMs and the CAT 2020 participating institutes will undertake their selection process. On the basis of the CAT 2020 cutoff, shortlisted candidates will be called for further rounds of Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). Note that a Common Admission Process (CAP) will be conducted by the newly formed IIMs in order to shortlist the candidates for WAT/GD and PI rounds.

What is CAT Exam?

IIM CAT exam is the computer-based entrance exam which is conducted for admission to the business administration programmes which are offered at the 20 IIMs spread across the country as well as various prestigious institutes. The overall score of CAT exam is based on the candidate's performance in each section such as verbal ability and reading comprehension, quantitative ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning.  In the CAT 2020 exam, candidates will be asked both MCQs as well as Non-MCQ. 

CAT 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name Common Admission Test
Short Exam Name CAT
Conducting Body Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 1950 Rs [Online]
Mode of Exam Online
Mode of Counselling Offline
Participating Colleges 1076
Exam Duration 3 Hours

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IIM will define the eligibility criteria of CAT 2020. Before filling the application form of CAT 2020, all candidates must carefully check the eligibility criteria. Below mentioned eligibility criteria of CAT 2020 can be checked by candidates and should be considered before registration-

  • Educational Qualification: All candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any recognised university or educational institute.
  • Minimum Marks Required: In Bachelor's degree a minimum of 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA will be mandatory for all candidates. 
  • Category Requirement: Candidates belonging to the reserved category {Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)}, will be required to have minimum 45 percentage in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from any recognised university or educational institute.
  • Appearing Candidates: The final year candidates who will be appearing in Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification exam at the time of commencement of registration and those who have completed degree course but are awaiting results will be able to apply for CAT 2020.
  • Age Limit: To fill the application form of CAT 2020, authorities will not put any age limit/ age restriction.
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CAT 2020 conducting IIM will tentatively start the registration process in the first week of August. Eligible candidates will be able to fill the application form tentatively till the third week of September. IIM also provide the facility to make corrections in the CAT 2020 application form even after final submission. Registration of CAT 2020 will be completed in a three-step process which will include- CAT 2020 registration, filling the required details and submission of application fee amount. On successful registration of CAT 2020, candidates will receive a User ID and Password which can be used for future login. 

Application Process of CAT 2020

Step 1- CAT 2020 Registration
Step 2- Fill the details
Step 3- Payment of CAT 2020 Application fees

CAT 2020 Application Fee- After filling the application form, candidates will have to pay the required application fees. The fee for application will be accepted by IIM through Debit/Credit card/Net banking/BillDesk/PayU/Paytm.

 CAT Registration/Application Fee

CategoryApplication Fees
GeneralRs. 1950
SC, ST, OBC, PwDRs. 950

    

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 1950
SC, OBC, ST PWD Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 950

Student Appearing Vs Seat Available

Year Student Appeared Seats Available
2018 209405 None

CAT 2020 Syllabus

Verbal ability and reading comprehension

Data interpretation and logical reasoning

Quantitative ability (qa)

Determination, planning and execution all three bounded together will positive energy will guide the candidates to the successful journey of getting in IIMs by clearing CAT 2020. Complete dedication of 6 months would be enough for candidates to crack India's toughest management exam with great marks and results. 

Candidates will have to divide their preparation strategy into smaller sections to understand the basic of CAT 2020.

CAT 2020 will be the computer-based test in which candidates will be required to answer 100 questions. Total of three sections namely VARC, DILR, and QA will be there. The types of questions will be MCQ as well as Non-MCQ questions. Given below will be the three CAT 2020 sections including the sectional durations and marks to be alloted-    

CAT Exam Pattern 2020            

            

Name of Section        

            

No. of Questions

        
            

Total Marks

        
            

Duration

        
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)            

34

        
            

102

        
            

60 minutes

        
            

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)        

            

32

        
            

96

        
            

60 minutes

            

Quantitative Ability (QA)

            

34

        
            

102

        
            

60 minutes

        
            

Total

        
            

100

        
            

300

        
            

180 minutes

        


CAT 2020 Mock Test

Exam conducting IIM will release the mock test of CAT 2020. The practice test or CAT 2020 mock test will be released to make candidates aware of the actual exam pattern. Candidates will be able to judge their preparation on the basis of CAT mock test 2020. Complete exam day simulated ambience will be created through CAT 2020 mock test.

The total duration of CAT mock test 2020 will be three hours and it is likely to include:

  • Complete exam day instructions
  • Mock questions pertaining to each section (VARC, DI & LR, and QA)

Note that mock test will have sectional timing similar to what candidates will face in CAT 2020 exam.

IIM will release the admit card of CAT 2020 tentatively in the third week of October. CAT 2020 admit card will be an important document as it will contain details related to CAT 2020 and candidate's personal information. Complete exam day guidelines will be mentioned on the CAT 2020 admit card. 

All candidates will be required to download the admit card of CAT 2020. Taking the CAT 2020 admit card hard copy will be mandatory for candidates. Without a hard copy of CAT 2020 admit card, no candidate will be allowed to enter the examination centre.

Note that admit card will be available only on the official website of respective IIM in the online mode. 

CAT 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Delhi New Delhi
Delhi
West Bengal Kolkata
Asansol
Bankura
Burdwan
Durgapur
Hooghly
Kalyani
Siliguri
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Coimbatore
Madurai
Salem
Tirunelveli
Tiruchirappalli
Vellore
Kerala Kannur
Ernakulam
Kollam
Kottayam
Kozhikode
Thrissur
Thiruvananthapuram
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur
Kakinada
Kurnool
Nellore
Rajahmundry
Tirupati
Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam
Vizianagaram
Assam Dibrugarh
Guwahati
Jorhat
Silchar
Tezpur
Bihar Aurangabad
Arrah
Bhagalpur
Darbhanga
Muzaffarpur
Patna
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai
Bilaspur
Raipur
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Anand
Gandhinagar
Mehsana
Rajkot
Surat
Vadodara
Haryana Ambala
Hisar
Karnal
Kurukshetra
Panipat
Rohtak
Gurgaon
Faridabad
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Bokaro
Dhanbad
Hazaribagh
Jamshedpur
Ranchi
Karnataka Belagavi
Bengaluru
Dharwad
Hubballi
Kalaburagi
Mangaluru
Mysuru
Shivamogga
Udupi
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Gwalior
Indore
Jabalpur
Sagar
Satna
Ujjain
Maharashtra Amravati
Ahmednagar
Aurangabad
Jalgaon
Mumbai
Kolhapur
Nagpur
Nanded
Nashik
Pune
Raigad
Satara
Solapur
Ulhasnagar
Thane
Palghar
Navi Mumbai
Vasai
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Balasore
Berhampur
Bhubaneswar
Cuttack
Dhenkanal
Rourkela
Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar
Jalandhar
Ludhiana
Mohali
Pathankot
Patiala
Sangrur
Bathinda
Rajasthan Ajmer
Alwar
Bikaner
Jaipur
Jodhpur
Kota
Sikar
Udaipur
Telangana Hyderabad
Karimnagar
Warangal
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Aligarh
Allahabad
Bareilly
Gorakhpur
Jhansi
Kanpur
Lucknow
Meerut
Moradabad
Muzaffarnagar
Varanasi
Ghaziabad
Noida
Greater Noida
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Haldwani
Roorkee
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Goa Panaji

Documents Required at Exam

  • CAT 2019 admit card
  • Photo ID

Before the declaration of CAT result, respective IIM will release the answer key of CAT 2020. Details related to the questions asked, along with the correct answers will be mentioned in the answer key marked in green colour to be most likely like previous years. The CAT 2020 answer key will be available to download from the official website of the respective IIM. The facility to check the answer key of CAT 2020 will be made available for only those candidates who will register and appear for CAT 2020.

The facility to raise an objection on CAT 2020 answer key will also be available for the test-taking candidates. The objection will be allowed to be raised only after paying fees of Rs. 1200 (Based on previous year's data). The same is likely to be revised if necessary.

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CAT 2020 Result

The result of CAT 2020 will be announced tentatively in the first week of January, 2021. Respective IIM will release the result on the official website and candidates will be able to check the result of CAT 2020 in online mode only. On the basis of the result of CAT 2020, shortlisted candidates will be called for further rounds of selection by respective IIMs and other participating institutes of CAT 2020. 

For downloading CAT 2020 result, candidates will be required to enter their registration details like User ID and Password which they will use at the time of filling CAT application form 2020. Complete details related to the sectional and overall scores will be mentioned in the CAT 2020 result. Along with sectional and overall scores, percentile obtained by candidates will also be included in the result of CAT 2020.

CAT 2020 Cutoff

CAT 2020 cutoff marks refer to the minimum marks or percentile that each candidate will be required to secure. Only those candidates who will qualify the CAT cutoff 2020 will be called for further rounds of the selection procedure by IIMs and other participating institutes of CAT 2020. The factors that are likely to affect the cutoff of CAT 2020 will be-

  •    No. of Candidates taking the test 
  •    Difficulty Level of CAT 2020
  •    Availability of seats 
  •    IIMs and other institutes ranking

CAT 2020 Selection Process

IIMs and other CAT 2020 participating management institutes will conduct the selection procedure of CAT 2020 in two-steps. The very first step involves giving the entrance exam i.e. CAT 2020. Candidates who will qualify CAT 2020, will be called out for the second step. After releasing the cutoff of CAT 2020, eligible candidates will be called for Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) round. On the basis of scores received by candidates, the final selection list will be issued.

Documents Required at Counselling

  • 10th, 12th, graduation, and professional (if applicable) mark sheets
  • 10th, 12th, graduation, and professional (if available) degree certificates
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Caste certificate (if applicable)
  • Admission letter
  • CAT admit card
  • Address proof of parents
  • Passport size photographs (colour/black & white)
  • Others

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: When will CAT 2020 result be announced?

Answer:

 As per the latest update, CAT 2020 result will be announced tentatively in the first week of January, 2021. 

Question: When will the registration of CAT 2020 begin?

Answer:

Application process of CAT 2020 will begin tentatively from the first week of August.

Question: Will IIMs provide a common cutoff of CAT 2020 for the next rounds of selection?

Answer:

Keeping in view the previous cutoff tracks of IIMs, individual cutoffs will be released by respective IIMs for the batch of 2021-2023.

Questions related to CAT

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I scored 93% in 10th (CBSE), 74.2 % in 12th (Science) (CBSE). Im in my final year of BA and would finally score somewhere between 70-75% though from a reputed distance university. Do I stand any chance to get into IIM A/B and what should be the score I should be aiming for in CAT?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020

hi,

see iim evaluated your academic score besides your cat score and there is also separate percentiles to clear like quant, verbal, reasoning. since you have already graduated right now you need to focus on your cat exam, need to work on your communications skills, the cutoff score is comes different for different category of students. I suggest you to regular practice. previous years IIM ahmedabad overall cutoff percentile was as follows,

general- 80

obc-75

sc-70

st-60

iim bangalore:

general- 85

obc-75

sc-70

st-65

for more details you may follow the below link,

https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-cutoff

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is droping a year after BBA for preparation of CAT is good option.

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020

Hi Isha,

Don't take a complete drop instead work part-time/full time and prepare alongside for the Common Admissions test - CAT. Prepare step by step or get yourself enrolled for a weekends program with a good coaching institute depending on your preparation level. This will not only give you an edge over other freshers who will be applying but also will give you an idea on the stream/domain in which you want to pursue your MBA in.

For starters appear for a mock test or do a sample paper and access your preparation level as of now and then decide.

For more information on eligibility/entrance test/admission you can reach out to us.

Hope it helps,

Thanks.


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hello everybody please help me i am from up obc category 1. should i get the benefits of state qouta in neet 2021 ?? 2. at least how many marks(rough idea ) i have to score to get government medical college mbbs in up ??

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020

In 2019, under State Quota, 573 marks secured a seat in Bahraich Medical College under OBC Category. That was the cut off. This is in sharp contrast to 429 marks being the cut off in 2018. This is a proof that cut offs change every year. Cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, top NEET score and difficulty of the exam. So to be able to secure a seat in any GMC in UP, you need to score atleast 600 and above. Regarding reaping benefits of OBC benefits, if you have all the proof of documents in place, you are eligible for 27% of reservation by the virtue of belonging to OBC Category. To help you with your NEET preparation, we have NEET Knockout packages that you can check at: https://learn.careers360.com/knockout-neet-may/. To help you during admission and counselling, we have https://www.careers360.com/mbbs-companion.

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Is it possible for me to get into anyone of the IIMs if I have completed my bachelors degree from a tier 3 college with 85% & have 76% in 10th, 53% in 12th & no work experience?

Manisha Gupta Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

You have an average Academic record so you need to target a little higher percentile than the closing cut-off.

After CAT result, Every Institute including IIM prepares a merit list to call students for next round of interview and WSAT which is based on your aggregate score which comprises of many factors such as CAT marks,
10th 12th and graduation percentage, work experience etc. with different weightages for different IIMs.

If you are targeting to get top IIMs like IIM A, B, C then try to score more than 99 percentile and for new IIMs try to score 95 percentile in CAT Entrance Exam. Other than IIMs, To get into top private colleges like FMS, JBIMS Mumbai, S.P Jain etc. You should have more than 96-98 percentile other than this for other private colleges you can get with 90+ percentile in CAT Entrance Exam.

Good Luck!

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what is the Expected cutoff for neet 2020 for cat 3A and also what is the fees

Apoorva Student Expert 31st Mar, 2020

Hello dear student,

This is not how it works . As you need to put a give us the whole information / description of the question for which you want the information. Please tell us the state of domicile because every state the cutoff is very different. So please provide all the necessary details so that we can provide you with the expected cut off .

Thank you

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